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Published: 04/25/11

Judge's Gay Partner Raised in Proposition 8 Appeal

By  not in system - AOL News
Judge's Gay Partner Raised in Proposition 8 Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO -- Proponents of California's same-sex marriage ban filed a motion Monday asking that the historic ruling be overturned because the federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 was in a long-term relationship with another man. Lawyers for the ban's backers said in the motion in San Francisco's U.S. District Court that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from the case, or at least disclosed his relationship status, because his "impartiality might reasonably be questioned." Elaine Thompson, AP The sponsors of California's same-sex...

Published: 02/8/11

Paul Haggis and Scientology: 5 Juiciest Details From New Yorker Profile

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Paul Haggis and Scientology: 5 Juiciest Details From New Yorker Profile

A new look at the secretive world of Scientology has revealed some shocking details. This week's issue of The New Yorker contains an epic profile of writer-director Paul Haggis ("Crash," "In the Valley of Elah"). Haggis spent 35 years as a Scientologist, but left the church in August 2009. Journalist Lawrence Wright -- who's also writing book about Scientology -- gained unprecedented insight to the church's inner workings, thanks to dogged research and Haggis' cooperation. Surge Desk breaks down some of his most noteworthy findings. 1. An undercurrent of homophobia Haggis, who has two gay...

Published: 12/26/10

Year in Review: The Five Most Overblown Legal Stories

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Year in Review: The Five Most Overblown Legal Stories

In this three-part series, Politics Daily's legal analyst Andrew Cohen takes a look back at the year in the law. Part 1 focused on the year's most under-reported legal stories. Part 2 below focuses on the year's most over-reported legal stories. And Part 3 will wrap up the year-end package with a look at major legal events and issues. The Five Most Overblown Legal Stories of 2010 No. 1. The same-sex marriage judge in California is gay. We don't talk anymore in America about the integrity of female judges who decide cases involving issues of interest to women. We don't talk anymore in...

Published: 12/14/10

Health Care and Same-Sex Marriage: Liberty for Me, but Not for Thee

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Health Care and Same-Sex Marriage: Liberty for Me, but Not for Thee

The e-mails came pouring into in-boxes throughout the world of journalism and politics and law Monday afternoon, celebratory messages from conservative groups and others opposed to the nation's new health care laws, and they all made the same essential point: U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson's ruling that day, striking down the "individual mandate provision" of what so many of them ignobly called "Obamacare," was a victory for "freedom" and "liberty." "Today is a great day for liberty," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). "Liberty requires limits on government, and today those limits have been...

Published: 12/8/10

Prop 8 Debate Covers All Bases as California Awaits Gay-Marriage Ruling

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Prop 8 Debate Covers All Bases as California Awaits Gay-Marriage Ruling

What you thought of Monday's appeals court argument over the fate of same-sex marriage in California likely depends upon what you think of the merits of the issue. If you support Proposition 8, and therefore oppose same-sex marriage, you likely considered the oral argument before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals an annoying roadblock on the way to the conservative U.S. Supreme Court. But if you oppose the 2008 state ballot initiative, and therefore support same-sex marriage, you likely considered the hours-long debate between the lawyers and the three-judge panel a fascinating milestone...

Published: 12/6/10

Prop. 8 Arguments [LIVE VIDEO]

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Prop. 8 Arguments [LIVE VIDEO]

(Dec. 6) -- A three-judge panel representing San Francisco's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments on the California state ban on same-sex marriage today. California voters approved Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman, in the 2008 elections. The three-judge panel will evaluate whether a U.S. District Court correctly ruled that the voter-approved amendment is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. Today's oral arguments will take place in two hourlong sessions. The first hour will address issues. The second hour...

Published: 12/6/10

Televised Gay Marriage Hearing Draws Wide Audience

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Televised Gay Marriage Hearing Draws Wide Audience

SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 6) -- The legal fight over California's gay marriage ban went before a federal appeals court Monday in a hearing that reached a nationwide TV audience anxious for a final decision on whether the measure violates the U.S. Constitution. The hearing before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also focused on whether supporters of voter-approved Proposition 8 have legal standing to challenge a lower court ruling that the ban was unconstitutional. The judges did not issue an immediate ruling and no timetable has been set. Jeff Chiu, AP From left,...

Published: 12/5/10

Same-Sex Marriage Battle Over Proposition 8 Arrives at Appeals Court

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Same-Sex Marriage Battle Over Proposition 8 Arrives at Appeals Court

When we last left California's pitched battle over same-sex marriage, in the heat of summer, its supporters had won a landmark constitutional ruling from a judge in San Francisco. The decision by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, the result of a long and notably one-sided trial, struck down Proposition 8, the ballot initiative by which a slim majority of voters had sought to ban marriages between gay and lesbian couples. Supporters of the measure, who are opponents of same-sex marriage, were able to stay the effect of Walker's order pending appellate review. On Monday, that appellate review...

Published: 12/3/10

C-SPAN Supreme Court Series: Race and Marriage

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
C-SPAN Supreme Court Series: Race and Marriage

This is the eighth in a series of Politics Daily columns to complement C-SPAN's broadcasts this fall of audiotape recordings of some of the most famous and important Supreme Court oral arguments of the past 50 years. The broadcasts afford most Americans their first opportunity to hear the actual words spoken by the justices and the lawyers before them in arguments that shaped the laws that have shaped our lives in countless ways. The latest tape in the series, focusing on the interracial marriage case Loving v. Virginia from 1967, will be heard on C-SPAN Radio at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4....

Published: 10/4/10

After a Dissent, Mormon Leaders Reaffirm Stance Against Gay Marriage

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
After a Dissent, Mormon Leaders Reaffirm Stance Against Gay Marriage

(Oct. 4) -- Last month, a senior leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apologized for the Mormon church's involvement in California's campaign in favor of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that outlaws gay marriage. "On the morning of Sunday, September 19, about ninety members of the Oakland, California stake (diocese) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with Elder Marlin K. Jensen, the Church's historian and a prominent member of the General Authorities, the ranking hierarchy of Mormon leaders," reports Joanna Brooks of Religion Dispatches magazine....

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